In recent time I have been reading many tweets and articles in the Geelong press that are shouting that the city needs to ‘Get rid of the old and in with the new’ when it comes to who can set a future direction for the region. I suggest that all generations have a lot to learn from working together and sharing their knowledge, experience and desire for the future that improves the quality of life for all. No one age group has a mortgage on smart ideas.
My work in Geelong includes both paid and pro bono activity and touches a variety of organisations, occupations, people and ideas. I am encouraged by the diversity of thinking and single minded vision to do better from year ten students through to the oldest members of community groups such as Rotary, Lions etc . And there are some things I hear and see within that diversity of thinking that I also do not agree with, but that is why we must respect that everyone has the right to express their point of view and be heard.
A city such as Geelong which has set a new direction for the future will be best served if we do not allow silos, turf wars and politics to develop and that all groups and ages accept that working together and listening to each other can achieve great outcomes
Is opening the family board or establishing an advisory panel to non-family members going to improve your performance? Yes – definitely! In any family enterprise, commercial, manufacturing or agribusiness, you should take the position that you are custodians for future generations. Good governance, policies and planning is about building wealth in the long term. READ THIS POST
In some family businesses I have meet over the years you come across the Golden Child. They have never had to want for anything and believe that have a right to take from the family business and not give back. I often wonder how this happens when the founders started with nothing and gave their all for little return. READ THIS POST
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How do the next generation and baby boomer founders work in harmony with each other when the next generation want to take control and Mum and Dad don't know how to or don't want to let go.? READ THIS POST